IPC president predicts pre-Games sellout for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons believes that this summer’s Paralympics in Tokyo will be the first edition of the Games to sell out ahead of the opening ceremony.

In his New Year’s message, Parsons pointed to the “mind-blowing” demand for Paralympic tickets in Japan. The IPC president revealed last month that Tokyo 2020 had received 3.1 million applications for the 2.3 million tickets available, with an initial 600,000 allocated during the first lottery process.

London 2012 holds the record for Paralympic ticket sales with 2.7 million. There are currently no plans to increase the total number of tickets available for Tokyo 2020.

The second Paralympic ticket window for Japanese fans will run from January 15-29, with international tickets still available via CoSport. Parsons predicted that the demand for tickets would remain at the “highest level” in the months leading up to the Games.

Parsons also noted that 21 disciplines from 19 sports will benefit from broadcast coverage during Tokyo 2020, compared to the 12 sports that were shown at Rio 2016. Parsons predicts that Tokyo 2020 will “smash” viewing records and exceed the cumulative audience of 4.1 billion from four years ago.

Parsons added: “As well as increased broadcast coverage, more than 3,000 of the world’s media applied to attend and cover the Games. This is almost double the number who covered Rio 2016 and has meant that for the first time in Paralympic history we have had to limit the number who can attend.”

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will run from August 25 to September 6.